Foreboding Has Never Felt So Sweet
If the world were coming to an end, Teargas & Plateglassâ€šÃ„Ã´ music would surely be playing in the background. Their haunting tunes and intoxicating beats would serve both as the soundtrack to the fiasco and the lull after the carnage. Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m sure other listeners will envision their own scenes of death, sorrow, and lament â€šÃ„Ã¬ and rightly so. With song titles such as â€šÃ„ÃºA Book of Black Valentinesâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºResentments of the Dead,â€šÃ„Ã¹ T&P make no attempt to sugarcoat what their music will sound like. And what that sounds like is dark, seductive, and in a strange way, morbidly beautiful. Not much is known of the private T&P. Still, T&P had, until now, made a name for themselves remixing various artists such as 311, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, and fellow Waxploitation labelmates Tweaker. Now, T&P are taking over the wheel for themselves with their eponymous debut.
T&Pâ€šÃ„Ã´s style of electronica is enveloped in thick, hip hop-influenced beats, suspenseful melodies, and string arrangements provided by The Prague Symphony Orchestra. Echoed drum effects and baritone synthesizers add to the bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s mysterious sound. Coupled with contributions from one-time Transglobal Underground front-woman Natacha Atlas and Oba Funke with Zap Mama, this is a truly unique listening experience. The only drawback is that the album can tend to get a bit redundant, but for such a strong debut, itâ€šÃ„Ã´s a weakness easy to overlook with a simple hit of the skip button. Dark and brooding, the cover art itself suggests a sort of post-apocalyptic kismet. But T&P is much more than just a spooky album, itâ€šÃ„Ã´s a head noddinâ€šÃ„Ã´ journey into the mindâ€šÃ„Ã´s abyss.